ψάμμος

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Uncertain. Could be from a *ψάφμος ‎(*psáphmos) (compare γράφω ‎(gráphō), γράμμα ‎(grámma)), and thus perhaps related to ψαφαρός ‎(psapharós, powdery, sandy), ψῆφος ‎(psêphos, pebble), as well as Latin sabulum.

Pronunciation[edit]

Alpa is long in Doric.

Noun[edit]

ψάμμος ‎(psámmos) (genitive ψάμμου); f m, second declension

  1. sand
  2. something worthless
  3. metallic ore used by alchemists
  4. desert

Usage notes[edit]

  • Normally feminine, sometimes masculine.

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